If you pre-ordered a Nook Tablet, you can get your hands on it a bit early. Though Barnes & Noble said the device would arrive on doorsteps and in stores on or around Nov. 17, the company confirmed that it will actually be available as of yesterday.
The device was delivered and available for in-store pickup yesterday. Those who didn't pre-order can start buying the tablet in stores today.
The Nook Tablet includes a 7-inch touch screen with 1024-by-600 display and runs a TI OMAP 4 dual-core processor. The $249 Nook Tablet boasts 16GB of internal storage, expandable up to 32GB via a microSD card and includes access to Barnes & Noble in-store support.
Rival Amazon also shipped its Kindle Fire tablet a day early for shoppers who pre-ordered the device; it was originally scheduled to ship on Nov. 15. During an earnings call last month, Amazon said pre-orders for the Fire exceeded expectations, prompting the company to ramp up production on the tablets. Dave Limp, vice president of Amazon Kindle, also said this week that the $199 Kindle Fire is already the best-selling item across all of Amazon.com.
Always Innovating has come up with the very versatile Touch Book. With a detachable keyboard and 3D touchscreen user interface, the netbook also doubles as a tablet, complete with magnet for refrigerator attachment. Debuting at DEMO 09, the device is only 9.4 x 7 x 1.4-inches and weighs less than 2 lbs. with keyboard. The Touch Book has a TI ARM processor for a battery life of 10 to 15 hours, is fan, noise and heat free, is Wifi and Bluetooth capable and has 6 USB connections, three of them internal. Due out in late spring, pre-order with prices starting at $299.
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